Inspired by insects, climate marches and airplane traffic coming to a halt, the leitmotif in this concert-performance is not the loud collective chant, but the experience that each individual – like a link in a chain – can set a vortex of sounds in motion.
“newpolyphonies” addresses the question of the democratisation of polyphonic art and its social implications. Developed with the Belgian vocal ensemble HYOID, the composition was created in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when the voice is suspect. Integrating the mouth mask as a performative instrument, “newpolyphonies” dialogues with the dystopian era through a play on vocal proximity and distance, and through the breaking down of barriers between stage and audience. Oscillating between lethargy and healing, “newpolyphonies” is an abstract allegory of a society that loses itself to find itself again.
“newpolyphonies” (2021) is a part of Myriam Van Imschoot’s trilogy, “What nature says?” (2015) and her upcoming work “Nocturnes pour une société” (2023).
Go to sleep, may I suffer all your pain, Go to sleep, may tomorrow all our wishes come true, The night won’t last forever, Soon the sunlight will appear, But alas, a hundred times alas, If only your mother were here…
In this unique cross-cultural collaboration between Belgian-Dutch band Zwerm and percussionist Karen Willems, Iranian singer Sarah Akbari, British storyteller Marie Phillips and Israeli director Raphael Rodan, we explore the hidden darkness behind the seemingly innocent songs sung to children. Lalaei gathers together lullabies from all over the world, twisting, breaking and reforming them into something new. Amongst the music we tell the tale of Procne: a noble queen, a dutiful daughter, an obedient wife, a loving mother. But one day, her sister is hurt in an unimaginable way, and all her supressed rage rushes to the surface, threatening to destroy herself and everyone around her.
Music & concept: Zwerm
Singer: Sarah Akbari
Drums: Karen Willems
Storytelling: Marie Phillips
Direction: Raphael Rodan
Scenography: Stef Depover
Dramaturgy: WALPURGIS & Farnoosh Farnia
Production: Zwerm and WALPURGIS
Coproduction: De Singel and Klara Festival
with the support of the Flemish Government and Stad Antwerpen
On saturday February 26 HYOID will present their recent collaboration with choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle and composer Maija Hynninen at Concertgebouw Brugge. Journal d’un Usager de l’Espace is a beautiful performance for which Vandewalle, HYOID and Hynninen found common ground in Georges Perec’s book Espèces d’espaces. In that book French author Perec takes us on a poetic, almost spiritual voyage of discovery through our everyday surroundings, spaces we usually take for granted. Le Journal d’un usager takes a similar approach. By working with sound, space and movement, this project invites audiences to experience sound spatially and thus to think about sound and space differently.
Starting this season Zwerm will be ‘artist in resident’ at De Singel in Antwerpen. They will kick off this residency coming Saturday 12/02 with a presentation of their latest album Great Expectations, the result of a collaboration with percussionist Karen Willems and producer Rudy Trouvé. The concert will be a mix of live-music and installation, also featuring live interventions by visual artist/theater maker Benjamin Verdonck and light designer Lucas Van Haesbroeck. We have Great Expectations indeed!